HAWLEY — Following a heartwarming performance by the children's community choir of the Black Bear Conservatory of Music (BBCM) during the recent Hawley Winterfest, a crowd assembled at the Looking Glass Gallery and learned that gallery owner and artist Juan Espino, had a gift of his own for the community choral group.
Espino presented a large painting he created, which depicts members of the BBCM choice caroling in Hawley Bingham Park. The artist painted the whimsical work to help raise funds in support of the Hawley-based nonprofit organization Limited Edition. Professionally framed prints are available.
All proceeds benefit the children's community choir.
Espino's paintings are characterized by a primitive or folk art style that focuses on capturing the uniqueness of communities in the Upper Delaware region. Earlier this year the artist's work was featured at the Pennsylvania State Capital in Harrisburg, where BBCM students also performed.
BBCM launched its community vocal program under the direction of Alvera Sylvester and Stephen Faubel, both members of the BBCM faculty.
The BBCM jazz studies program is led by Richard Rusnak. The ensemble and the musical express offers students in middle school and high school a unique collaborative experience in jazz technique and performance. The musical express also performed during the Hawley Winterfest at Harmony Presents in the Hawley Silk Mill.
In other recent news the conservatory opened its center for musical discovery across the street from its main campus at 519 Church Street in Hawley. The center currently houses BBCM's jazz and choral programs and will be the site for new programs to be announced in the spring.
BBCM offers high quality private musical instruction in most instruments and voice to students ages 8-12. Classes are also offered in music theory and appreciation ear training, sight singing, rhythm and performance.
To order a print call BBCM at (570) 226-7606. For more information about the conservatory visit www.blackbearmusic.org